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Luke at a hustings event during the General Election campaign in Battersea in 2015.

About Luke 

Sutton resident and hard working Sutton Councillor
Luke Taylor’s Personal Background.
 
Luke is Councillor in Sutton West and East Cheam ward in the constituency, and lives in Belmont with his wife and two young sons.

Luke works as a project manager and analyst for a consultancy, managing complex transport planning projects at airports around the world. He has a masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London.
His experience managing large and complex projects around the world has given him an appreciation of the importance of data and analysis to ensure that decisions are backed up by evidence. As your MP this will help to make better decisions, and better policy. 

In his professional life as well as politics, Luke understands that the most critical key to success is to involve the appropriate stakeholders at key stages of projects, in Sutton and Cheam the most important stakeholders will be the residents, but also include the campaign team members that will help return a hard working Liberal Democrat MP.

Luke grew up in rural Lincolnshire, and spent many weekends helping his Dad leaflet and canvass small villages across the countryside. Luke’s Father was a Liberal Democrat District Councillor for 24 years, and he taught him about the great honour he had serving his community for that time, and helping those in need.

After graduating from Imperial College he started working for a large engineering consultant in Central London and moved south of the river to Vauxhall. After meeting his wife he moved to Battersea, then to Mitcham and finally moving with his family to Cheam in November 2020.

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Luke and his two sons on the school and nursery run on their cargo bike
Luke is a big football fan, supporting Sutton United whenever he can
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At Feasty Fest in Cheam Park with his family
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Latchmere Lib Dem Focus Team 2010 
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Speaking to journalist at 2015 election count
Local TV Interview 2015
Luke's Political History
General Elections 2010 and 2015 in Wandsworth Borough and Battersea Constituency

 
In 2010 Luke stood for election for the first time, standing for Wandsworth Council in Latchmere Ward alongside Layla Moran. Luke also helped lead Layla’s campaign in Battersea in the 2010 General Election as well as the council campaign for the local party. Luke campaigned hard in Streatham and Richmond Park constituencies, which were both targets during that election.
 
In 2012 Luke’s work took him to Toronto, and included time in Dubai, Auckland, Singapore and Melbourne, before moving back to London in 2014. When Luke and his wife returned to London, they moved into a flat in Battersea, where Luke was then selected to stand as the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2015 General Election.

As the candidate for Battersea, Luke ran a limited campaign in his own seat, and campaigned hard to try to keep our MPs in place in Kingston and Surbiton, Twickenham and Bermondsey.

Luke's long experience campaigning across London, listening to residents concerns means he understands what is important to local people.
General Elections 2017 and 2019 in Merton Borough and Mitcham and Morden Constituency
 
In summer 2015 Luke and his wife moved to Mitcham, where he again was involved with the local Liberal Democrats, helping with the General Election campaign in 2017, the council elections in 2018, and then being selected to be the candidate for the Mitcham and Morden Constituency in the 2019 General Election.
 
The constituency borders Worcester Park and Stonecot Wards in Sutton and Cheam, and in the election Luke increased the vote from 3.1% to 8.1% in his campaign, whilst also playing a leading role on Paul Kohler’s campaign in Wimbledon where he missed out by just 628 votes.

Luke has proudly stood to represent local residents in two previous general elections, and now is excited about the chance to stand up for Liberal Democrat policies and beliefs in Sutton and Cheam.
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Conducting the auction at the 2021 Garden Party with the famous Blue Wall hammer
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Sutton Borough and Sutton and Cheam Constituency 

In November 2020 Luke moved to Cheam with his family. He chose Sutton because of all the things that the Sutton Liberal Democrats boast about being great in this Borough; the great schools, the lovely parks and playgrounds, the village high streets, the easy commute into London and the confidence that comes from low crime rates.

As soon as he arrived in Sutton Luke got stuck straight in on the local party management committee as the Fundraising and Events lead. During the Covid lockdowns in 2021 Luke kept the local party fundraising and events running by organising three successful virtual social and fundraising events and helped organise the 2021 annual Garden Party where he conducted the auction raising a record sum for local party campaigns.
 
On the doorstep Luke campaigned through rain and shine alongside local activists in Cheam ward for the 2021 GLA elections, and this effort resulted in an increase of 10.3% in the Lib Dem GLA Constituency vote compared to 2016, the largest increase of any ward in the Borough.
 
After the GLA election in May Luke shifted focus to Belmont ward where he lives, to try to turn this ward into a target for the council election in May 2022. Due to his efforts Belmont saw the largest increase in vote share of any ward between the 2018 and 2022 election results.

In December 2021 Luke was selected as a candidate in the new Sutton West and East Cheam ward, and successfully led the campaign team to win May 2022. This ward was the only ward in Sutton and Cheam where the Liberal Democrats beat sitting Conservative Councillors.

Luke has a record of success in Sutton and Cheam, and can show how that record will turn into success for the constituency at the General Election.
 
Since Luke moved to Sutton he has time and again shown his commitment to the area by speaking to more residents on the doorstep in Sutton and Cheam than any other person between November 2020 and today.

Talking to voters on the doorstep and recruiting new volunteers to the campaign team will be the cornerstone of a successful election campaign, Luke has proven that he can win elections and build and lead teams in Sutton and Cheam, and has been doing so for the Liberal Democrats in London for the last decade.

Luke has proven he's got what it takes to win in Sutton and Cheam, and be a brilliant MP for the community.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about his experience and plan to win!
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